Meet Dr. Cristen M. Catignani, Double Board-Certified Female Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Cristen M. Catignani

As a plastic surgeon, wife, and mother, Cristen Catignani, MD, FACS, has a unique perspective to offer her patients—because she gets it. She understands you want to live life with a more confident energy and a reflection in the mirror that makes you smile.

“Dr. Catignani could not have been more wonderful! From the moment we met her she was kind, attentive and had an expert plan for how to proceed with my care. I had two surgeries with her and both went smoothly and without any complications.”

Real patient review

“Dr. Cat” is a women’s health advocate and strives daily to inform and empower women to feel more confident about their appearance—whether that involves small, subtle changes or standing out in a crowd. Once you get to know her, you’ll understand the nickname “your new beauty bestie.” You’ll also understand why people looking for a plastic surgeon in Metro Atlanta come to Alpharetta, GA, to have her perform their procedures.

Credentials at a Glance


  • Residency: University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  • Fellowship Training: Plastic & Reconstructive Breast Microsurgery, UAB
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD): University of Tennessee College of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science: Florida State University


  • Board Certification: American Board of Plastic Surgery; American Board of Surgery
  • Fellow: American College of Surgeons
  • Licensure: Georgia Composite Medical Board

Select Society Memberships

  • Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Aesthetic Society
  • Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Dr. Catignani credentials including: Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Aesthetic Society, & Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Dr. Catignani credentials including: Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Aesthetic Society, & Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons

Training & Education

Dr. Cat earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Florida State University before earning her doctor of medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, where she also completed an interdisciplinary health policy and leadership certificate.

She then undertook her residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and pursued additional fellowship training in plastic and reconstructive breast microsurgery.

Dr. Cat and the Swan family

Professional Honors

Dr. Cat’s surgical skill and expertise have earned her well-deserved acclaim from patients and the wider medical community. She has the distinction of being certified by two medical boards, the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

My Alpharetta magazine recently honored Dr. Cat with a “Best Plastic Surgeon” award in the Body category. This reader-voted designation is a testament to her exceptional patient care and outstanding, natural-looking results.

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Medical Societies & International Humanitarian Work

Dr. Cat is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (SESPRS). She is actively involved with the SESPRS, including serving on several committees and as a panel mediator.

Outside of her cosmetic surgery practice, Dr. Cat has also shared her skills with several medical missions in the US and abroad. Her humanitarian work has taken her to Haiti and Honduras, where she has aided underserved populations and helped train local medical providers.

A Female Plastic Surgeon in Your Corner

While Dr. Cat works with patients of all types, she loves helping women feel empowered and confident—and her patients love the uplifting environment of The Swan Center. Her passion is helping women love their looks, whether that means restoring the body after pregnancy, fixing a perceived flaw, or helping align exterior appearance with inner vitality.

“I had my two kids really close together—and I certainly know first-hand the toll that pregnancy takes on a body. Being able to connect with my patients about their similar experiences is an invaluable tool, and I love knowing they feel comfortable talking with me about their concerns. Us ladies are amazing, and we all deserve to feel like it!”

Dr. Catignani

Special Clinical Interests

Dr. Cat offers a variety of cosmetic procedures to recontour the body and improve the shape of the breasts. Some of her most gratifying surgeries to perform include:

Whatever procedure you choose, you can rest assured that you are in safe, experienced hands with Dr. Cat—and that her ultimate goal is for you to leave her care feeling overjoyed with your care and results.

Dr. Cat is settling into life in Atlanta perfectly

How Dr. Cat Enjoys Life Outside the OR

While Dr. Cat is incredibly passionate about cosmetic surgery and helping her patients look and feel fabulous, we all need a little downtime—and she loves spending it with her family, enjoying the sights of Georgia. She and her husband, vascular surgeon Dr. Thomas Matthews, have two beautiful daughters and two lovable dogs.

After growing up in East Tennessee, Dr. Cat attended college in Florida before returning to Tennessee for medical school and then to Alabama for her surgical training. She’s been an honorary Georgian for a few years and has loved exploring and getting to know the area.

In addition to enjoying outdoor activities like hiking and boating, Dr. Cat and her family love traveling and spending time together. Her favorite solo hobby is whipping up tasty treats in the kitchen, and cooking brings her much joy when she’s not too busy helping Atlanta feel beautiful.

Dr. Catignani and her beautiful family

Why Patients Love Dr. Cat

Dr. Catignani works closely with each and every patient so she can truly understand their concerns and goals. Not only does this help her personalize your care and treatment plan, but it also allows her to achieve beautiful surgical results.

In addition to helping her patients achieve the “wow factor,” Dr. Cat is well-known for her compassionate bedside manner, unique understanding and perspective on restorative cosmetic surgeries, and commitment to ensuring every patient feels safe, comfortable, and well cared for.

Get to know Dr. Cat in person by requesting a consultation or calling us at (770) 667-0904 today.